The Return of Yappy Hour at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel’s beloved and popular Yappy Hour series returns from May to December 2020. Kicking off on Thursday, May 21st, the pet-friendly resort welcome canines and their companions for outdoor barbecue, refreshing libations, and treats overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Pups can enjoy chicken, beef, bacon or vegan flavored water and housemade peanut butter biscuits, while human companions sip on glasses of Mutt Lynch wine, Tito’s cocktails, and beer. Grilled burgers and hot dogs are also available for purchase. Every event proudly supports The Veterans Initiative of Canine Companions for Independence, a non-profit committed to connecting highly trained and loving assistance dogs with disabled veterans. Since establishing the partnership with Canine Companions for Independence in 2013, the resort has raised over $1.5 million dollars for the charity.

Yappy Hour 2020 Dates

The third Thursday of every month until October.

  • Thursday, May 21, 2020 | 5 to 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 18, 2020 | 5 to 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 16, 2020 | 5 to 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 20, 2020 | 5 to 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 17, 2020 | 5 to 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 29, 2020 – Yappy Howl-O-Ween | 4 to 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 13, 2020 – Yappy Howl-idays | 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

On Thursday, October 29th, Yappy Howl-O-Ween features a costume contest and Yappy Howl-idays on Sunday, December 13thwelcomes back Santa Paws for the perfect photo opportunity. Yappy Hour is located on the Dana Lawn and complimentary to attend, with the exception of food and beverage and select retail items available for purchase. For additional details about Yappy Hour, please visit

Canine Companions for Independence has been serving the community of veterans and people with physical disabilities for over 40 years. The Veterans Initiative strives to connect the growing number of wounded veterans with an assistance dog to provide the help they need to regain independence. Beyond the physical assistance a canine partner provides, the love, loyalty, and positivity make a lasting impact on someone struggling to handle difficult emotions that are hard to communicate. To date, The Veterans Initiative has helped serve over 300 veterans and helps veterans with PTSD.